Joan Lluis Pons won the 400 IM with a 4:14.77, becoming the 6th swimmer to automatically qualify to the European Championships team.
Mireia Belmonte went her fastest time since 2014 in the 200 IM.
After putting up his 2 fastest 200 IMs ever (including a Spanish National Record) yesterday, Hugo Gonzalez fell off by quite a bit today.
Jessica Vall became the 3rd swimmer to automatically qualify to the European Champs team through the 2nd day of the meet, coming in under the qualifying standards in both her prelims and semifinals swims of the 200 breast.
The Southeastern Conference announced its annual men’s and women’s swimming & diving awards to cap the 2017-18 season.
Hugo Gonzalez missed a pair of A-finals in the 200 & 400 IM after coming in as the #1 seed.
NC State will likely move in Coleman Stewart on their 400 free relay after going the fastest time in history in the prelims.
Friday night will feature finals for the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, and 200 medley relay.
Five teams are within 16 and a half points of one another for the NCAA crown at the moment, with today’s meet-high 7-event prelims session holding perhaps the most valuable key to securing a team championship.
A pair of Florida Gators will look to defend their 2017 national titles. Caeleb Dressel is the headliner – the do-everything star will try to win his fourth-straight NCAA 50 free title and challenge his own American record of 18.20.
Cal’s Seliskar and Stanford’s DeVine both broke 1:41 for the first time this morning.
The 2018 NCAA Championships should culminate in duel between NC State and Texas that could see the 2:45 mark broken in the 400 free relay.
While NC State and Texas are 2 of the top teams battling for the title tonight, the Florida Gators are bringing in a team that could be hard to beat.
There are several men in contention for the title. Four of them are Longhorns. Austin Katz is the top seed, but Harvard’s Dean Farris has also been sub-1:39 this season.
Florida senior Mark Szaranek will be looking to win the 200 IM title outright after winning tying for the victory last year, but he’ll have to deal with Auburn’s Hugo Gonzalez and the rest of a very strong field.